Adobe Acrobat X and Conversion

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Adobe Acrobat X and Conversion

Postby Nullsig » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:20 am

I have been tasked with by hand converting .pdf documents to HTML pages. The Brass has the bright idea that this will save on paying for translations since Google Translator can translate all the text for us...

Anyone who has used Google Translator can agree that it is about as useful as a poopy flavored lollipop but the good little soldier that I am, I decided to go along with this scheme.

To save on manually having to convert these documents (with lots of pictures that have lots of text overlays) I was going to try using Adobe X to convert them.

Anyone have experience with this software. Is it worth investing in the license?

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Re: Adobe Acrobat X and Conversion

Postby egami » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:22 am

Does Adobe not have the trial software available on their .com ?

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Re: Adobe Acrobat X and Conversion

Postby Nullsig » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:31 am

shhh!! :D I was trying to get an answer without as to the effectiveness without having to download the file on our slow connection

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Re: Adobe Acrobat X and Conversion

Postby egami » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:47 am

What?
I thought everyone had 1.5Gb Internet connection..


Silly me!

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Re: Adobe Acrobat X and Conversion

Postby johnj » Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:49 pm

Hope I understood your question - if this is just converting from pdf to html, write a php code using a pdftohtml conversion library.

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Re: Adobe Acrobat X and Conversion

Postby Nullsig » Sat Apr 09, 2011 11:55 am

The problem with that is that the images are in line art. All of the images have text boxes over them with words. And There is Word Art in them as well (I.E. Rotated text)

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Re: Adobe Acrobat X and Conversion

Postby johnj » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:54 am

In that case, my suggestion will not be useful.....

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Re: Adobe Acrobat X and Conversion

Postby Nullsig » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:12 am

Basically I got to the point where:

I convert from pdf to word with no images because it maintains the format better than pdf to html.

Then after that I add all of the images back into the file and convert to html using word's algorithm.

Unfortunately, MSWord 2007 (because my shop is cheap and hasn't upgraded, not that it would necessarily make a difference) does not deal with browsers newer than IE6, and has no support for Mozilla.

On top of that it cannot handle data formatted into multiple columns.


So now it seems like I will have to go page by page, book by book (bout 35 pages per book) and hand code everything into html.

RAGE!

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Re: Adobe Acrobat X and Conversion

Postby egami » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:38 am

Crazy.
If they are too cheap to buy Office, they are probably too cheap to buy anything from Adobe.

I sit in the same boat.
It's OK for the company to spend big $$ on the pres.. but when we want .7mm pens to write with, apparently that's entirely way too much.


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